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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a health care profession that helps individuals whose movement and function are adversely affected by injury, aging, disease, or environmental factors. Together with the help of physical therapists, these patients work toward the goals of relieving pain, as well as developing, maintaining, and restoring maximum movement and functional ability. The cornerstones of physical therapy treatment are therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and functional training.


  • What do Physical Therapists Do?

Physical therapists are experts in restoring movement and function. After examining patients, therapists create comprehensive programs focused on total body care, injury prevention, as well as safe and timely returns to work, life, or sports. Depending on the needs of a particular patient, physical therapists may mobilize a joint, provide soft tissue work to a muscle, or perform a corrective exercise to restore normal movement patterns and function. In addition to this hands-on care, physical therapists educate patients on preventing injury and performing home exercises.


  • How do I Receive Physical Therapy Treatment?

Your provider may suggest a specific rehabilitation company or provide you with a list of physical therapists in your area.  In some cases, your insurance company will guide you to the "in network" providers that are included in your insurance plan.  Ultimately, the final decision as to where you receive rehabilitation care is up to YOU. 


Be sure to let your health care provider or insurance company know that DoverPT is your first choice when it comes to rehabilitation.  We participate in most insurance plans; however, if DoverPT is not in your network, look into whether your plan has out-of-network benefits that will allow you to receive our first-rate services with some level of benefit.  We appreciate your interest in DoverPT, and we'd love to work with you on your return to an active lifestyle.  Physical therapy is valuable in the treatment of many diagnoses, so it's always a good idea to ask your health care provider to prescribe physical therapy before other methods such as prescription medication.  If you are unsure whether or not physical therapy can help you, feel free to call DoverPT

(603) 343-5635 for a consultation.


  • Does Insurance Cover my Treatment?

Yes, in most cases insurance will cover your physical therapy treatment.  Our office will be happy to assist in contacting your insurance company and determining your coverage based on your individual policy.  For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our office. 

DoverPT (603) 343-5635


  • What will I be doing at Physical Therapy?

The care and techniques used during your appointments will be based on your specific injury and personal needs.  After your initial evaluation, your therapist will use various techniques such as joint or soft tissue mobilization to promote tissue healing, correct misalignments, and improve range of motion.  Specific exercises and stretches will also be taught to strengthen injured or weak muscles. In addition to your time spent in therapy, it is important to follow your individualized home exercise program to promote healing.


  • What Should I Bring to my First Appointment?

  1. Insurance Card & Driver's License

  2. Prescription or Referral from your physician/surgeon 

  3. In case of an automobile accident or worker's compensation claim, also bring any contact names, phone numbers, and claim number.


  • What Should I Wear to my First Appointment?

You should wear clothing that allows the therapist to easily access the problematic region.  For example: if you are having knee or leg pain, you should wear loose pants or shorts.


  • How Long are the Appointments, and How Long will I be Attending Physical Therapy?
    Typically, the appointments last 45-60 minutes.  The duration of a treatment is dependent on the patient's condition.  You can usually anticipate attending physical therapy 2-3x/week, for 4-6 weeks. Depending on your condition, you may require more or less time.





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